Maho Beach, St. Maarten: World's Scariest Airport Landing? (PHOTOS)

by Kate Auletta Subscribe to Kate Auletta's posts Posted Jun 17th 2011 11:45 AM

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When landing in St. Maarten, on the Caribbean island's Dutch side at Princess Juliana Airport, a certain strip of beach is visible out the plane window. Of course, it's not just a simple view--planes essentially land on top of beach goers on Maho Beach in order to land safely.

If you've ever done the landing, it's quite jarring. Out the window, you can essentially see every detail of the semi-worried sunbathers below, right down to whether a bathing suit has polka dots or not.

It's all very "Wayne's World", like when Wayne and Garth park their car near an airport runway to watch the underbelly of an airplane land. Except in this case, it's innocent beach goers.

The beach has gained notoriety for its nearness to the airport and is, it seems, consistently flooded with tourists who want to catch a close-up glimpse of a plane. Note to self: It's REALLY loud.

Have you ever been to Maho Beach? Send us your photos on Twitter @aoltravel.

Been to another beach adjacent to a runway? Let us know about it!

Check out photos of the action below, and check out the video below!



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Rodney C. Davis

This has been overdone. It's a non-issue. In all the years of St. Martin being a premiere tourist product, not one major incident has been reported. And that's not by chance. Despite appearances, all international safety protocols have been adhered to.

July 06 2011 at 11:22 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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Travel World

You can find out more about this beach at.... http://www.worldfortravel.com/2012/01/21/maho-beach-the-most-dangerous-beach-of-the-world/

October 28 2012 at 3:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shirley

Been there, done that also! Amazing

June 23 2011 at 11:28 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Aldo Resendiz

HOLLY ****!!!!!! YOU GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!!!!

June 18 2011 at 3:09 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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June 18 2011 at 11:47 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
Celio Helder Sousa

Wow, that was so close...I'm sure it is a great sight to see.

June 18 2011 at 9:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wesdik

WOW!!! that was fricken AMAZING!!! but them folks that were standing directly underneath this monster are COMPLETELY NUTS!

Their taking one hell of a chance! you wouldn't see me getting that close to that thing...no way in hell.

June 18 2011 at 9:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
linny

thats pretty cool

June 18 2011 at 9:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hpttrucking

Been there done that ......have awesome pics...

June 18 2011 at 8:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
stacysbhoffman

ya that dumb ass girl, i would have smacked that dumb ass, awesome though!

June 18 2011 at 8:24 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
wristwatchme

Been there, done that...something EVERYONE should do before they die. Don't forget to ride the fence. Get there before 2pm to catch the 747's come in.

June 18 2011 at 8:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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